AMEX Points Value

AMEX Points can be worth as much as 2 cents or more. Calculate the cash value with the AMEX Points Value Calculator and get the list of redemption options.


American Express Membership Rewards Points can easily be redeemed for 1.5 to 2 cents in value if you're looking to use them towards flights. Other redemptions, which range from ~0.4 to 1 cent in value, includes redeeming points for other forms of travel, checkout with Amazon, gift cards, statement credits, and more.

Cash Value Calculator

The AMEX Points Value Calculator will calculate the average cash value of your American Express Membership Rewards Points based on the redemptions listed below. You can enter any amount of points in the table.

Membership Rewards Points Cash Value Calculator
Points
Fixed Point Travel Redemptions
1.5 to 2.0 Cents
$0 - $0
Transferring To Airline Partners
1.2 to 2.0+ Cents
$0 - $0+
Flexible Points Travel Redemptions
1 Cent
$0
Charity
1 Cent
$0
Merchandise
~0.4 to 0.6 Cents
~$0 - $0
Amazon Shop w/ Points
0.7 Cents
$0
Gift Cards
3,250 Points Per $25
$0
Use Points For Purchases
0.45 Cent
$0

Fixed Points Travel Redemptions

AMEX Points can be redeemed for eligible flights online with the Fixed Points Travel Program which will give your AMEX Points between 1.5 and 2 cents in value. The Fixed points Travel Program takes the guess work out of trying to find out how many points you'll need to fly from point A to point B by assigning set redemption values. The plus to this program is that you can:

  • Book any airline, fly anywhere, and travel any day of the year
  • Book up to a day before departure
  • Book economy or business class flights
  • Book direct flights
  • Enjoy the travel benefits that comes with your AMEX card

So no matter the flight availability, time of year, or peak/off-peak season, the flight will always cost the same. Listed below is what you can expect to pay using the Fixed Points Travel Program.

Route Points Max Ticket Price Point Value
Economy Flights
Popular Routes Canada/U.S. (Short Haul) 15,000 Points $300 2 Cents
Explore Closer To Home Canada/U.S. (Short Haul) 20,000 Points $300 1.5 Cents
Discover North America Canada/U.S. (Long Haul) 40,000 Points $700 1.75 Cents
Pick Your Vacation Spot 50,000 Points $800 1.6 Cents
Discover Europe 60,000 Points $900 1.5 Cents
Worldwide 100,000 Points $1,700 1.7 Cents
Business Flights
Explore Closer To Home Canada/U.S. (Short Haul) 50,000 Points $800 1.6 Cents
Discover North America Canada/U.S. (Long Haul) 100,000 Points $1,800 1.8 Cents
Pick Your Vacation Spot 120,000 Points $2,100 1.75 Cents
Discover Europe 140,000 Points $2,500 1.785 Cents
Worldwide 250,000 Points $4,500 1.8 Cents

Popular Routes

Popular Routes include short-haul routes between the following destinations:

  • Calgary - Vancouver
  • Montreal - New York
  • Toronto - Montreal
  • Toronto - New York
  • Toronto - Ottawa

Explore Closer To Home

Explore Closer To Home are short-haul routes within or from a Canadian Province/Territory to an adjacent Canadian Province/Territory or U.S. State. Do note that this does not include Alaska.

Discover North America

Discover North America are flights from a Canadian Province/Territory to a non-adjacent Canadian Province/Territory or U.S. State. This does not include Alaska or Hawaii.

Pick Your Vacation

Pick Your Vacation includes flights from Canada to Alaska, Bermuda, Caribbean, Central America, Hawaii, or Mexico.

Discover Europe

Discover Europe are flights from Canada to destinations in Europe.

Worldwide

Worldwide are flights from Canada to destinations in Africa, Asia, Australia, Middle East, New Zealand, South America, or South Pacific.

Flexible Points Travel Program

The AMEX Flexible Points Travel Program allows you to redeem 1,000 AMEX Points for $10 in travel credit which will give your points a value of 1 cent each. These credits can be applied towards new travel purchases, including taxes, surcharges and fees booked through the American Express Travel Services or americanexpress.ca/travel. This can be a great option if a redemption using Fixed Point Travel gives you less than 1 cent in value or you want to get great value out of travel for something that's not flight related.

Amazon Shop With Points

AMEX Points can be used to shop on Amazon.com. This will give your points a set value of 0.7 cents per point which isn't bad, but still lower than what you can obtain from redeeming your points for travel. Applying a few points to shave off some cost of your Amazon.ca purchase is fine, but I recommend saving your points for travel or picking up the MBNA Amazon Credit Card which earns a great amount of cash back with Amazon, Whole Foods Market Stores, and more.

Merchandise

You can redeem your AMEX Points for merchandise in the 'Shop' portion of the American Express Membership Rewards Portal. This value of your AMEX Points will vary, but I found most redemptions to land between 0.4 and 0.6 cents per point. I'm sure there's some hidden gems found in the shop, but you'll typically want to avoid using points for merchandise. If you're looking to earn rewards that give you great value when it comes to shopping, you'll want to focus on cash back credit cards or store credit cards with your favorite retailer(s).

american express shop merchandise

Gift Cards

AMEX Points can be redeemed for a little over 30 different gift cards. The majority of these redemptions will give your AMEX Points a value of 0.769 cents per point. The denominations available for each gift card will vary, but most start at 3,250 points for a $25 gift card. Gift card options include, but are not limited to:

  • Air Canada
  • Birks Business
  • Cineplex
  • Esso and Mobil
  • Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
  • Hudson's Bay
  • Indigo Books and Music
  • Gap Inc.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • The Home Depot
  • TJX Canada

Charity

AMEX Points can be donated to Save the Children which gives your points a value of 1 cent each. Donations start at 1,000 AMEX Points for a $10 donation.

donate amex points to charity

Use Points For Purchases

You can use your AMEX Points towards eligible purchases charged to your Membership Rewards credit card which will give your points a value of 0.7 cents per point. This means that every 1,000 AMEX Points you redeem towards purchases will give you a $7 statement credit. It can be useful if you really need to pay something off (e.g. to avoid interest), but you'll want to stick to using cash back credit cards if you're big on redeeming rewards towards card purchases.

Summary

Overall, you can get a lot of value out of the American Express Membership Rewards Program if you're redeeming your points for travel. With cards like the American Express Cobalt, you can easily build up your rewards on everyday spend and be on your way to redeeming your points for flights around the globe.

If you're trying to find the best AMEX Membership Rewards Credit Card based on your spend, I recommend using the AMEX Points Credit Card Calculators to calculate the cash value of each card based on your spend, how much the benefits are worth to you, and the annual fees. You can then compare those results side by side top cards!

Also, don't forget that AMEX Points can be transferred to airline and hotel partners. You can use the AMEX Points Transfer Calculator on the AMEX Points Calculator page to calculate the transfer of AMEX Points to their airline and hotel partners.

AMEX Points Value FAQ

How much are AMEX Membership Rewards Points worth?

AMEX Points are worth 1 to 2 cents each when using them towards travel with the Fixed Point Travel or Flexible Points Travel redemption options.

Can AMEX Membership Rewards Points be transfered to partners?

Yes. Points can be transferred to a handful of airline and hotel rewards programs. You can calculate the transfer of points from AMEX to their partners using the AMEX Points Transfer Calculator.

What can you redeem AMEX Membership Rewards Points for?

AMEX Points can be used for travel, merchandise, and gift cards. You can also redeem them on Amazon.ca, donate them to charity, or apply them to your account as a statement credit.

How do you earn AMEX Membership Rewards Points?

AMEX has a strong lineup of Membership Rewards Credit Cards you can use to earn points. You can use the AMEX Credit Card Calculators to calculate how many points you can earn with each card based on your spend and compare results against top rewards cards.


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